DIY roof repair advice

Regardless of the type of roof your house has, it requires regular maintenance and occasional repairs when needed. Both might impose somewhat significant investment, thus many homeowners try to handle these tasks on their own. If you are skilled and well equipped, you can undertake some smaller tasks and spare some money. The risk lies in the fact that many roof damages that appear to be minor hide more challenging job that might exceed your knowledge and skills. This is the moment to call the reliable professional roofing company and we certainly recommend Trinity Roofing services. To avoid unexpected expenses or getting tangled upon complex repairing problems, leave big scope damages to the pros, but if you are sure you can handle the task, here are few useful tips of how to repair the roof yourself.

Shingle replacement

The most common roof repairment homeowners are faced with is several damaged or missing shingles. This is usually caused by storms and strong winds and the roof appears as if it literally requires patching. The task comes down to purchasing new shingles that resemble the old ones as much as possible, but there are few trick to remember in order to conduct this task properly. First, choose the new shingles adequately to match material, color and shape of the rest of the shingles as much as you can. Further, purchase adhesive designed for the given type of shingles and apply nails if required to make sure shingles are secured. Finally, before removing the obviously damaged shingles, check for the surrounding ones and remove even those that are not damaged, but only loose.

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Re-roofing larger areas

If your roof underwent more severe damage and there are larger sections of damaged or missing shingles, you will have to conduct a so-called partial re-roofing. The process includes complete removal of one or two layers of shingles, depending on the preliminary construction of the roof and replacing them with the new ones. This is usually done by removing the whole area between larger sections of construction and applying stringer adhesives between shingles and bars of the construction. Also, if the roof has two layers of shingles, don’t try to replace just the superficial one, since you’ll probably created humps and uneven lines between layers.

Flashing repair

Although majority of roof repairs include issues with shingles, sometimes the task primarily includes damaged or missing flashings. Flashings fulfill various holes and empty spaces in the roof’s construction and align chimneys, gutters and other construction elements. Very small damages and cracks may sometimes be repaired by extensive soldering, but more often you will just have to purchase new sections of flashing and place them at the site of damages or missing flashing. Flashing repairs should regularly be conducted altogether with shingles replacement.

There are various strong adhesives designed for attaching and securing flashings, but using screws and nails is highly recommended since these elements tend to be harder to secure compared to shingles.

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